Stephen Ezell

Stephen Ezell
Vice President, Global Innovation Policy
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Phone: 
202-449-1349

Stephen Ezell is vice president, global innovation policy, at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). He focuses on science and technology policy, international competitiveness, trade, manufacturing, and services issues.

He is the coauthor of Innovating in a Service-Driven Economy: Insights, Application, and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage (Yale, 2012).

Ezell comes to ITIF from Peer Insight, an innovation research and consulting firm he cofounded in 2003 to study the practice of innovation in service industries. At Peer Insight, Ezell led the Global Service Innovation Consortium, published multiple research papers on service innovation, and researched national service innovation policies being implemented by governments worldwide.

Prior to forming Peer Insight, Ezell worked in the New Service Development group at the NASDAQ Stock Market, where he spearheaded the creation of the NASDAQ Market Intelligence Desk and the NASDAQ Corporate Services Network, services for NASDAQ-listed corporations. Previously, Ezell cofounded two successful innovation ventures, the high-tech services firm Brivo Systems and Lynx Capital, a boutique investment bank.

Ezell holds a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, with an honors certificate from Georgetown’s Landegger International Business Diplomacy program.

Recent Events

April 28, 2016

Join ITIF as it releases an important new report explaining why HPC is increasingly vital to America’s economic competitiveness and details the intensifying global competition for HPC systems leadership, in particular the race to exascale computing.

March 29, 2016

Please join ITIF for a discussion with Derek Cheung, a Ph.D. electrical engineer, former CEO of Rockwell Scientific, and author of the book Conquering the Electron, a fascinating history of electronics innovation, from the discovery of static electricity in the 1600s to today’s smartphones.

February 10, 2016

U.S. economic, trade, and innovation policies do not exist in a vacuum; they are inextricably linked to other countries' policies. Please join ITIF for a discussion hosted by Senators Chris Coons and Jerry Moran on how effective America is at bolstering innovation for our own benefit and for the good of the global economy.

January 20, 2016

Please join ITIF as it releases a seminal new report ranking 56 nations on the extent to which their policies either contribute to or detract from global innovation. The event also will discuss what countries, individually and collectively, need to do to enact innovation-based growth policies that move toward a more effective global innovation system that maximizes commonly shared global prosperity and positions humanity to better deal with grand challenges.

November 3, 2015

Please join ITIF as the authors of "Technological Innovation in Legacy Sectors" share key conclusions from the book and their implications for America’s innovation policymakers.

Recent Publications

April 28, 2016

High-performance computing is a strategic resource for economic competitiveness, scientific leadership, and national security. To remain a leader in the field, the United States must commit to sustaining a robust ecosystem for the technology.

April 7, 2016

This report ranks 56 countries based on the extent to which their domestic policies support global biopharmaceutical innovation.

April 7, 2016

ITIF presents its latest technology transfer and commercialization policy recommendations at a University Startups Conference.

March 10, 2016

Stephen Ezell and Nigel Cory argue in The Hill that the United States should push Canada to change its pharma patent assessment process.

February 24, 2016

A groundbreaking ITIF survey shows why the country needs to broaden and deepen its pool of potential innovators with better STEM immigration and education policies.

February 22, 2016

Stephen Ezell responds in Innovation Files to an AEI blog post questioning America's 10th-place rank in ITIF's recent ranking of countries' impact on global innovation.

Recent Presentations

September 14, 2015

Stephen Ezell gave a presentation to staff from the International Trade Administration on the key elements of Europe’s Digital Single Market and General Data Protection Regulation proposals, discussing some of the competition, trade, and economic policy issues they raise.

February 5, 2015

The presentation contends that the great age of innovation is far from over, but that a faltering policy environment is preventing American innovation from reaching its true potential.

January 26, 2015

Rob Atkinson and Stephen Ezell presented the Indian Economy at a Crossroads report in New Delhi.

November 30, 2014

This presentation provides an overview of Silicon Valley’s innovation economy, explaining the key elements making it the world’s most fertile innovation ecosystem.

November 20, 2014

Stephen Ezell presented on Mexico’s Innovation Ecosystem at the Wilson Center.

September 2, 2014

Stephen Ezell presented at the Swedish Network for Innovation and Technology Transfer Support’s Innovation by Collaboration conference.